Americans aren’t feeling too benevolent these days towards big labor, or big business. The favorability ratings for labor unions remain near their lowest level in a quarter century with 45% expressing a positive view.
While this is bad news for the unions, it is good news for staffing companies.
The public also expresses similar opinions about business corporations – 47% have a favorable impression – and this rating is also near a historic low.
Americans express mixed views of the impact of labor unions on salaries and working conditions, international competitiveness, job availability and productivity. About half say unions have had a positive effect on the salaries and benefits of union workers.
However, as many people say unions have a negative effect as a positive effect on workplace productivity and on the availability of good jobs in America. And more say that unions have a negative (36%) than positive (24%) impact on the ability of U.S. companies to compete internationally.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Feb. 2-7 among 1,385 adults, finds virtually no differences in opinions about private and public sector unions.
Through the years, staffing companies have been at odds with unions. Oftentimes, unions consider staffing companies to be employing “scabs” that are undermining their efforts at improving work conditions, salaries and more. Across the country strikers picket in front of factories, yelling terrible things at temp employees as they drive in to work at their new, albeit temporary jobs.
When unions dissipate, staffing companies thrive. Many employers prefer the flexibility staffing companies afford them when it comes to handling their workforce. As long as this trend continues, staffing companies can look forward to future prosperity.